Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions

December 5, 2014 10:37 PM

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At a recent workshop I gave, a man raised his hand to tell me that his discussion partner had to "talk him down off the cliff" because he wasn't able to feel compassion during a compassion-inducing exercise I had just led everyone through. He wondered if, as a man, his capacity for compassion was limited.

This experience spoke to me of the tragedy in our society that labels men as unable to feel or connect to the same degree that women can. And that maturity in men means emotional stoicism, autonomy, and self-sufficiency--a lonely existence, for sure, particularly as research time and again shows we ...

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